Business & Finance: AVIATION

The Killer Plane

On the apron of its Bethpage, L.I. flying field, Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp. last week showed off its newest Navy plane, the 52F-I, a submarine killer. The 52F-I, powered by two Wright 1,450-h.p. piston engines, looks like a lumpy cigar and is built for range, not speed. But it is probably crammed with more electronic gear than any other U.S. warplane; its search equipment can locate a completely submerged submarine by picking up the sub's magnetic field. And when it finds a sub, it has a type of guided missile to...

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